Hi. Remastering is a thing people/corps do. Other than a claim for added value to make something worthwhile to purchase again, I have understood there is something in it… but I really never been able to hear it.
Can someone please help me by pointing to some recordings and their remasters (or even multiple remasters), and with a few words point me to what to attend to while listening. Any genre is welcome. I am not a “gold ear”, but arguably a remaster ought to have enough mass appeal to influence anyone with a decent hearing and attention.
I was thinking also doing something like Jonathan Sterne has done with MP3 (2013), to subtract the original from its remaster and listen the ghost.
Thank you for helping me hear it!
I am also interested in what remastering aims at (besides selling you stuff you already own, creating market hype, and possibly new copyright), and what are some of the basic techniques. I can imagine filtering of tape hiss if the originals were on tape, maybe rebalance to better match mainstream speakers. Has something like Apple airbuds leads to a remastering frenzy, them being a market large enough to. I would guess smartphones, iOS, Android, Spotify etc “smart” (=active; non-neutral) media do some automatic remastering e.g compression, pump the bass, recognize Bluetooth headphones and apply a model-specific profile etc. Presumably many recordings from 1970 onward were mastered to sound good in an automobile, but now that the age of the car and petrocapitalism is finally coming to its end, maybe there is a wave of large-scale remastering to anticipate the transition to successor technologies such as bicycles?</speculative_fabulation genre=“pedalpunk”>
Is remastering ever done with/for artistic intent? Remixing is a thing of course in electronic music(s), but is remastering?
A passage in Macon Holt’s Pop Music and Hip Ennui. A Sonic Fiction of Capitalist Realism (2019, Bloomsbury Academic) which prompted this post right now: